Noble Looks at Other Schools

The 6-4, 275-pound defensive tackle prospect from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Craig Noble, verbally committed to Washington, but Saturday at the Adidas Camp he talked to us about the other schools that he's interested in, including UCLA...

Craig Noble made an early verbal commitment to the University of Washington.

However, due to his breakout performance at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine, where he more than held his own against USC offensive line commit Matt Kalil, recruiting has really picked up for the 6-4, 275-pound prospect from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, and Noble is listening.

Currently, along with the scholarship offer from Washington, Noble holds four other offers, from Washington State, Arizona State, Florida International, and Utah. Along with the aforementioned schools, Noble has been hearing from Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Ole Miss, USC, Utah State, and UCLA.

UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Utah and Utah State have come out to the Taft campus during the spring evaluation period to take a look at Noble, with USC, Oregon State and Utah indicating that an offer could be made soon. When asked what schools he would like to hear more from he said, "Both UCLA and USC."

Although Craig played offensive tackle last year for Taft he wanted to make it clear that he will be playing on the defensive side of the ball next year. Craig considers his bull rush and run stopping to be his strength and stated an area he'd like to improve on is his pass rush. It is no surprise that Craig's strengths are his bull rush and run stopping since he currently bench presses 340 pounds and squats 510 pounds.

Interesting enough, Noble showed up at the Addias camp at UCLA this past weekend to support his friend, UCLA-committed defensive end Datone Jones from Compton (Calif.) High. When asked if his friendship with Jones could play a part in his decision, Noble stated that it possibly could. He also mentioned that he is friends with incoming UCLA freshman Brian Price, the defensive tackle from Los Angeles Crenshaw.

However, Noble mentioned that among the local schools, he currently favors USC slightly over UCLA due to the fact that he has been hearing from USC more.

Noble said he hopes to make his final college choice by fall.

He has not taken the SAT but said he currently holds a 3.0 GPA.


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